Brian and Suzy, Our WalMart Love Story, Part 1.

I’m going off the grid.  You know what that means! See you on the other side!

Written on 10/22/12

Brian and I met at WalMart.  While all of my friends and family are familiar with our comical first encounter, the part where we met and our life together began, almost nobody has gotten the full story, the pride-breaking story, the heart-breaking story, the this-actually-began-two-years-before-we-ever-met story.

Because who really enjoys talking about ex-boyfriends?  Or perhaps a better question, who really enjoys talking about ex-boyfriends when she’s literally days away from having her first child with her husband?  I sure don’t.  And you’re probably not going to like hearing me mention names besides “Brian” either.  

I’ve waffled.  I’ve waffled over this decision for some time now.  It’s been my intention to tell our love story before Bennett’s arrival, but there are some questions that wouldn’t be answered if I didn’t go back far enough to provide better context.  Questions like, “How did a girl who spread her wings abroad, tasting a life of service in places like the Amazon or an orphanage in El Salvador, wind up settling for an American lifestyle with a man who – at the time – worked at a truck wash?  How did a girl who was ranked third in her class, got wonderful SAT scores and a full academic scholarship to college find herself lucky enough to marry an even smarter man who had dropped out of high school and gotten his GED?  How did a girl who had committed herself to Christ at the age of four begin dating a man who, yes, had believed in Christ as his Savior in his young teens, but had spent the majority of his later years living in angry rebellion toward the Lord?”

Great questions. I’m glad you asked.

But you probably still don’t want to hear me talking about ex-boyfriends.  *sigh*  Like I said, neither do I.  But if it makes you feel any better, I can tell you at the offset that the two that I’ll be referencing both ended up dumping me and I haven’t a shred of longing for either of them.  Nope.  I’m a die-hard Brian Spears lover till the day I die.  But sometimes you just have to acknowledge the past because old relationships tend to be remarkable learning experiences.  Right?

But wait… Square Piece got dumped?  Twice?!  In a ROW?!

I know.  It’s insane.  I mean, with these looks (*wink wink*) and this brain and all my hilarity and spunk, you’d think I was a keeper!

Like it or not, this is my story.  I’m both hesitant and thrilled to share it.  Being just days away from having my son, Bennett, I might not have the peace and quiet (or even the presence of mind) to lay it out like this for the next several years.  But the thing is, it’s a divine story.  And by divine, I mean that for two years the Lord was leaving a trail of breadcrumbs that led to Brian, to aisle five… at, yes, a WalMart.

To be continued…

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  1. October 28, 2012

    It’s a funny thing…those ex-relationships. We both used to be pretty jealous people so EX-talk was pretty taboo. But as we have grown and matured, it has been enlightening to share this part of our pasts’, and quite freeing to no longer feel angst toward people I don’t even know. After all, I won, right? ; )

  2. October 28, 2012

    So excited to see this e-mail pop up! Welcome Baby Bennett!

  3. October 28, 2012

    Suzy & Brian I am so happy Bennett & Suzy are doing good. This is our 2nd great grand son we are glad he is here. Donna called me when she heard anything so neither one of us slept much last night love all 3 of you.

  4. October 28, 2012

    Beautiful photo! So happy for you guys!

  5. October 28, 2012

    The Lord is at work here. Suzy and Brian were made for each other. I love you both.

  6. October 28, 2012
    Janice Cline

    Thank you for sharing your journey of meeting Brian. My “ex” boyfriend dumped me, but not before introducing me to the man I married just after college graduation. Dana and I have been married for 31 years. Thanks, Steve. 🙂

  7. October 28, 2012

    That part where you said, “lucky enough” … glad you corrected yourself later, cause it was indeed a “divine story” … luck had nothing to do with it. 🙂

    Looking forward to reading more ……

  8. October 28, 2012
    Amanda N

    🙂 enjoy this time at the hospital and it looks like we’ll have to make our paths cross when you get home and recover….

  9. October 28, 2012

    Is she in labor still or has Bennett been born? Nice that he cooperated and is coming before the storm!

  10. October 29, 2012

    Love love love hugs hugs hugs happiness joy

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